Average Salary by Occupation
The corner office may have the best view, but expertise on the shop floor is the most valued. VP of Manufacturing/Production was the highest-paid position again this year, followed by Corporate/Executive Management (CEO, COO, and other C-Suite roles).
Average Salary by Industry
Once again, medical device manufacturing topped the list for average salary. Pay in the chemicals industry jumped from mid-range last year to the #2 spot this year. And food and beverage and wood products salaries were also up considerably.
Average Salary by Seniority
For the most part, experience pays off in manufacturing. Salaries climbed steadily as our readers racked up seniority, with only a slight fall-off between the 11-15-year and 16-20-year brackets.
Average Salary by Company Size
While small family companies certainly have their virtues, working for a large corporation pays off in the pocketbook. Respondents who worked for the largest manufacturers on average made $30K more per year than those who worked for the smallest manufacturers, revenue-wise.
Average Salary by Geographic Region
The South Central U.S. is the hot spot for manufacturing salaries this year, the take-home pay topping legacy manufacturing states like Michigan and Ohio and even locations with higher costs of living, like California and New York.